Today, thousands of people are considering working for themselves from the comfort of their homes. Asides several other good reasons, starting a home based business is a great way to solve unemployment or earn extra money on the side. On an average, most people who change career often consider a stay-at-home kind of work, after their third or fourth career shift, in order to cut down the stress of working for someone. People who have been part of the traditional nine-to-five work force and are on the verge of retiring from that life are thinking of what to do next. The good news is starting a home-based business is within the reach of almost anyone who wants to take a risk and work hard.
Here are a number of options you can pick from.
- Cleaning Service
There are many approaches to this business. You can choose to clean offices, schools, public places or homes, depending on your target market. You can focus on retail businesses and keep your customers within one or two blocks. Restaurants are in great need of thorough daily cleaning and can be a great source of steady clients, same with home cleaning. With cleaning services you don’t have to spend lots of money on advertising or marketing because most of your customers will come by word of mouth.
2. Fence Installations
Fences are everywhere. And they don’t last forever, so they need to be repaired and replaced with a certain amount of frequency. The most common fence material is block and wrought iron. However, in most recent estates, short fences and garden fences are becoming more popular. You can have fun shopping for vintage wrought iron fencing and gates, giving house developers options on the best to suit their building.
3. Editorial Services
From the quiet of your home, you can provide writing and editorial services like copywriting and copy editing, proofreading, product reviews, indexing, book doctoring, Web page content provider, Book writing, Magazine article writing, Ghost Writing and more.
4. Home Energy Auditor
Homeowners are always on the lookout for ways to save on their utility bills. You can come to their aid by providing them with an audit of their house and giving them a breakdown of how they could accomplish real savings in heating, cooling and electrical use. You can go one step further and do the implementation and installation of some of your suggestions in their home yourself. Do a complete appliance audit, with efficiency ratings and calculations based on the age of the appliance. And don’t forget the water heater!
- Gift Basket Service
Finding a niche is the best way to start out in the gift basket business. You could put together baskets that hold the things that people would like and relate with. Like something to carry snacks at a restaurant, to store dirty clothes at home, a basket product to replace some plastic items in an average Nigerian home.
Hair making and styling is a popular business that is quite lucrative in Nigeria. Generally a home based hairstylist business is likely to be started by someone who has already had a cosmetology career and wants a change. If you already have your cosmetology training and license, and loads of experience under your belt working in a hair styling salon, you can easily apply that to your own business.
- Moving Service
Lots of people who are moving want to hire someone to do the heavy lifting for them. You can leave the large-scale, long-distance moving to the big moving companies. Your work can be the local, moving-across-town or to the town-next-door jobs.
These are the ones that people start off thinking perhaps they could do themselves, and it will be your job to convince them otherwise. Your signs around town will tempt them to let you take care of that part of the move, while they are busy taking care of those other 500 items on their list.
Making money as a photographer can be done in a number of different ways. You can specialize in one area, the most common being weddings. There are niches you can explore for photography: portraits of people and their pets, families, and homes; photographs of holiday events, birthday parties or fashion & lifestyle; natural and wild life, the possibilities are endless.
- Personal Shopper
This business caters to very classy and wealthy clients who do not have time to shop. If you have a good sense of fashion, being a personal shopper would make good use of that skill.
To broaden your reach, you can add styling of elite individuals and celebrities to your plate. However, this job requires more than just a natural flair for good and quality dressings. You will need to add one or two training and certifications in order to effectively gain the trust of your clients as well as offer them top notch services.